Monday, May 05, 2008

Blog Update for April 2008

This is the latest monthly update to the right column of the blog, updating my favorite comics and TV for the previous month. The listings are alphabetical, not by rank of how much I liked them in comparison. My criteria for what makes the list is when I read them, not necessarily when they were published. This is basically also my own records of what I read/liked for the inevitable "End of Year" lists I feel like making.

Since it was a five week month, and a pretty good month as well, I went ahead and bumped to Top 25 comics for April. And I still had to leave a few out, including two debuts from new companies, Radical's Caliber #1 and the Dabels' George RR Martin's Wild Cards #1, plus the latest issues of Booster Gold (#8), Teen Titans Year One (#4), Nightwing (#143) and Wonder Woman (#19) from DC, Marvel Adventures Iron Man (#12), X-Factor (#30) and Uncanny X-Men (#497) from Marvel, Proof #7 from Image and Serenity Better Days #2 from Dark Horse. Of the ones I did pick, 8 were Marvel (one of them Criminal, but the rest Marvel Universe), 6 were Dark Horse, 4 were Image, 3 were DC, 3 were Vertigo and 1 was from Oni.

After reading through 10 good graphic novels this month, I decided to take a break and read the first Dresden Files novel, which I found pretty good reading. I'll probably do the same each month for a while, stop after I've read 10 so that I can read some actual books.

TV is pretty thin right now, but what I'm watching, I'm generally enjoying. That means seven shows, half NBC comedies plus one comedy on CBS and two genre dramas on ABC and SCI-FI. Plus the new Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon, which I've been watching with my daughter, and it's really good. It "gets" Spidey as well as the Batman Animated series got Batman and his universe. This means I've had a lot of time for DVDs, and I've seen a bunch of those I really liked lately, including Juno, 3:10 to Yuma, Brick and the BBC miniseries State of Play. Also picked up Casino Royale used (and cheap) from Netflix.

Added a couple items to the RSS feed this month, including Keith Baker's blog, the blog of cartoonist Mitch Clem, the production blog for the upcoming Trickster comics anthology and the retail/comics blog Snap Judgments. I was very pleased to discover that Kerry Callen has a blog, and added that one as well. Oh, and I finally added a gaming section for Critical Hits, Mearls, Baker and the Wizards of the Coast feed.

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